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Award-winning poet and children's book author Valiska Gregory grew up in an
immigrant neighborhood in Chicago and has published over a dozen books for
children including Through the Mickle Woods, Kate's Giants, and Shirley's
Wonderful Baby. Translated in seven different languages, her books have
received Parents' Choice Awards, been chosen for the American Booksellers'
"Pick of the Lists" and featured on PBS and national television. Currently,
Ms. Gregory is Writer-in-residence at Butler University and Director of the
Butler University Childrenšs Literature Conference. She has two grown
daughters and lives with her husband in Indianapolis. Ms. Gregory regularly
reviews childrenšs books for Publishers Weekly and enjoys speaking at
schools, libraries, and conferences across the country.